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FOR ALL OF you the goblins didn’t get, the holiday party season is on the horizon.
You’ll be making party plans for kith and kin, employees, neighbors, friends and maybe even someone you haven’t met yet.
When making plans, don’t forget to have a designated driver, a cab scheduled to pick you up or a friend to see you safely home.
I have a big party scheduled this month, and I already have a designated driver lined up.
It’s Southwest Airlines, and they’ll get me to Illinois and back for my Uncle Johnny’s 90-something and my 72nd, which birthday we share on the 18th.
I haven’t seen him since 1981, but we talk at least once a year on Nov. 18.
But don’t worry. I won’t miss a Live Music column because it’s too important for all of us.
■ Today at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 U.S. Highway 101, Chesnut Junction with Ches Ferguson, guitar; Kevin Briggs, guitar; Ron Daylo, flute; Paul Eyestone, bass; and percussionist Zubrie Kamau will have you grooving from 8 p.m. to midnight.
On Friday, the Southern rock, roots and blues of Junkyard Jane will have you rockin’ from 8 p.m. to midnight. $5 cover.
On Saturday, two groups celebrate a fellow Scorpio’s birthday: Joy in Mudville and the Mogis celebrate Kim Trenerry’s birthday from around 9 p.m. until the wee hours of the morning. No cover, but donations are appreciated.
All Points Charters & Tours can get you there and back free the latter two nights. Phone 360-775-9128 for a ride.
On Wednesday, Joy in Mudville (Jason Mogi, Paul Stehr-Green and Colin Leahy) performs a unique mix of old-time/jam-band/rock/Celtic-funk-influenced original and cover tunes at 7:30 p.m.
■ On Friday at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., the 2nd Friday Art Rock (2FAR) takes away the chill with the Latin jazz and funk rhythms of Tanga beginning at 8 p.m. Artists Doug Parent and Jeff Tocher will collaborate on a painting with audience participation. $3 cover.
■ On Friday at Blackbird Coffeehouse, Eighth and Peabody streets, local singer-songwriter Luke Meeker performs acoustic folk, rock and pop at 7 p.m., with Dane Neilson of Propeller opening.
■ On Friday at Barhop Brewing, 124 W. Railroad Ave., the Hayshakers play country rock from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
■ On Saturday during the 2nd Saturday Art Walk, Hawaii Amor sings and plays the songs of Hawaii at Elliott’s Antique Emporium, 135 E. First St., from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, Jerry Robison and Company with guests Jim Lind and Gerald Pierce will have you moving to a country groove from 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
On Saturday, the Jimmy Hoffman Band struts and strums country-style with classic and Southern rock mixed in from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
■ On Tuesday at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St., the Port Angeles Senior Swingers present Wally’s Boys playing ballroom dance favorites from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. $5 cover; first-timers free.
■ On Friday at the Fairmount Restaurant, 1127 W. U.S. Highway 101, Dave and Rosalie Secord and the Luck of the Draw Band welcome guests Rusty and Duke from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On Sunday, join the country jam from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
■ On Monday, Veterans Day, treat the veterans in your family or neighborhood to a night out at the Bushwhacker Restaurant, 1527 E. First St., with Charlie Ferris. “God Bless the U.S.A.” will be the feature of the program, set from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sequim and Blyn
■ On Friday at The Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., the Dukes of Dabob play Dixieland jazz from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
On Saturday, the Olympic Express Big Band plays hits from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in celebration of its fourth anniversary.
On Wednesday, Final Approach plays 1950s-’60s pop and rock music from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
■ Today at Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., Cort Armstrong plays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
On Friday, Gil Yslas plays blues guitar from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Taylor Ackley plays honky-tonk from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
■ On Wednesday at Nourish restaurant, 1345 S. Sequim Ave., Victor Reventlow hosts the open mic from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with sign-ups at 6 p.m.
■ On Friday at Stymie’s Bar & Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, Tres Locos (Kevin Lee Magner, Scott Bradley and Taylor Ackerley) will be twanging out some original and eclectic cover tunes on acoustic guitars from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
■ On Friday in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, New Jack City will have you dancing to rhythm and blues and pop as well as the latest dance tunes from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
On Friday in the Rainforest Bar, Buck Ellard plays country originals and covers from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
On Saturday, The Hitmen play dance tunes from the 1960s-’80s from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
■ On Friday at the Ajax Cafe, 21 N. Water St., Trevor Hansen plays classical guitar from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
■ Today in the Fireside Room at the Resort at Port Ludlow, 1 Heron Road, Trevor Hanson plays classical guitar from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
■ Today at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., singer/songwriterMatt Sircely plays blues, roots, bluegrass and Americana from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by singer-songwriter Sam Maynard playing originals and covers from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
■ Tonight at Sirens, 823 Water St., Cort Armstrong & Blue Rooster (“the chicken picker”) play a combo of country, bluegrass, ragtime and country blues at 9 p.m. $5 cover.
■ On Tuesday at the Cellar Door, 940 Water St., Porto Alegre with Robin Bessier and Skip Morris play Latin jazz from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
■ Today, Steve Grandinetti plays guitar at the Owl Sprit Cafe, 218 Polk St., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
■ Every Monday, Trevor Hanson plays guitar at Alchemy, 842 Washington St., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
■ On Saturday, the fun and lively community dance at the Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St., features the Ramblers Band with Jo Yount calling from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. $6, adults; $3, ages 3 to 18; younger than 3, free.
■ On Saturday, the Gloria Darlings return to the Laurel B. Johnson Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road, Coyle, with a new CD, “Come Home to Me,” at 7:30 p.m.
The Gloria Darlings are two young ladies who have traveled coast to coast with their love of roots, old-time country, folk and bluegrass music.
Admission by donation.
John Nelson is a self-styled music lover and compulsive night owl who believes in “KLMA — Keep Live Music Alive” on the North Olympic Peninsula. His column, Live Music, appears every Thursday.
Are you performing in or promoting a live music gig? Contact John by phoning 360-565-1139 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, with John Nelson in the subject line. And note: Nelson’s deadline is Monday at 5 p.m. preceding Thursday’s column. For the Nov. 21 column, the deadline is this Tuesday.
Also, check out “Nightlife,” a listing of entertainment at nightspots across the Peninsula, in Friday’s Peninsula Spotlight magazine.